Review: The Evil Within – You Can’t Run From a Nightmare
Welcome to the pure terror of The Evil Within, a movie that took fifteen years in the making and took over director Andrew Getty’s life.
Two years after the tragic death of Getty the film which was in production since 2002, it was plagued with many problems during its production, such as funding issues, conflicts with the cast, and a lawsuit from a studio assistant. The film was finally completed in 2008, but Getty became obsessed with the final edit and spent years editing the film to make it perfect, but in 2015 Getty died before the editing was finished.
The editing of The Evil Within was completed by producer Michael Luceri, who had also assisted with the editing of the film. Now Screenbound Pictures will be releasing the film for its UK Premiere on DVD and Blu-ray on the 4th September.
The Evil Within is the sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy, Dennis (played by Frederick Koehler, Criminal Minds), who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature (Played by Michael Berryman, The Hills Have Eyes) orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.
The Evil Within – A Creepy Shocker
From the strange and rather creepy opening of the movie, you are certainly given a feeling of uneasiness, as we see a young Dennis with his mother taking a ride on a ghost train before more nightmares begin.
The introduction of the demonic entity (Michael Berryman) brings in the fear and horror that Dennis is about t embark on, Dennis talks to the entity via the mirror that is in his room, starting on a small killing spree with the entity telling Dennis, “you have to kill the kitty cat“, which leads to a scene with Dennis filling an ice box with ice and saying, “I’ve did very good work today, I did many kitties and many doggies“, very unnerving.
Getty’s film is full of strange images that play on the psyche, the nightmares are seamlessly placed in and out of the scenes of the movie, with the entity appearing in moments that will give you many sleepless nights with the thoughts of it in your dreams. The murderous intentions of this bizarre creature grow as Dennis moves from animals to children and then on to adults.
It is such a shame that Andrew Getty died before seeing the completion of the movie in how he wanted it, but the movie is a credit to his directing and the sheer perfection that you can see he put into the movie. It’s so nice to see a movie that is different from most of the horror movies that we get these days and one that plays on the mind as much as this one, I don’t think a movie has moved me so much since I saw that first cinema release of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer back in 1986.
This is a film that you watch on the edge of your seat, as Dennis increases his killing spree and the weirdness increases.
A rather unnerving and psychological horror that will have you wondering about looking into the mirror and hoping that something isn;t lurking in there!